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314                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

to the mountains, overlooking the small tract of
cleared lands, and then the boundless woods of
the Casony; and, at many miles distance, the
gentle, woody eminence towards Raporina.

A fine river flows from the mountains, and
waters the foot of the hill we live upon. The
high road to St. Joseph crosses the little plain
before us, between hedges of lime trees. The
road uphill branches off in the middle of a lofty
grove, the underwood of which is the cacao or
chocolate tree. You then descend a pretty wind-
ing road, cross the water, and ascend a gentle
eminence, on the flat top of which the village of
St. Juan is marked out in squares, so disposed
that each house—made of mud, covered over with
cane leaves—has a square round it for offices and
a garden.

The padre, or Spanish curate, inhabits a large
house at the head of the green; and behind all
are his church and churchyard. Beyond rise lofty
peaks, covered with the thickest woods

A French family still occupies our ground
floor, but when they are gone we shall be magni-
fique. But my stable is not yet built, so my two
horses and mule dorment a la belle etoile.

The mornings and evenings here are exactly
like those of the finest summer in England. The